Leadwerks is the easiest way to make your own 3D games. With a rapid development pipeline, support for C++ and Lua programming, and plenty of learning materials, Leadwerks is the perfect platform for your next project.

  • ADVANCED GRAPHICS: Leadwerks brings AAA graphics to the masses, with hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and a deferred renderer with up to 32x MSAA. Our renderer redefines realtime with image quality more like a cg render than real-time games of the past. The use of OpenGL 4.0 provides equivalent graphics to DirectX 11, with cross-platform support across operating systems.
  • CSG MAPPING TOOLS MAKE LEVEL DESIGN FUN: Build game levels from scratch right in our editor with constructive solid geometry. Our tools make it easy to sketch out your design and bring your ideas to life. Anyone can build their own game worlds in Leadwerks, without having to be an expert artist.
  • BUILT ON THE INDUSTRY STANDARD: At it's heart, Leadwerks is a C++ library of functions you can call at any time, in any order. Leadwerks uses industry-grade tools like Visual Studio and Xcode, so you'll be coding games like a pro.
  • INTEGRATED LUA SCRIPT EDITOR: We integrated Lua right into Leadwerks because of its proven track records in hundreds of AAA games including Crysis, World of Warcraft, and Garry's Mod. Lua integrates seamlessly with native code for rapid prototyping and instant control. The built-in debugger lets you pause your game, step through code, and inspect every variable in the program in real-time. Lua is perfect for beginners, and the integrated Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler ensures you can publish commercial games that perform blazingly fast.
  • VISUAL FLOWGRAPH: Our unique visual flowgraph enables designers to set up game mechanics, build interactions, and design advanced scripted sequences, without touching a line of code. The flowgraph system integrates seamlessly with Lua script, allowing script programmers to expose their own functions and add new possibilities for gameplay.
  • ROYALTY-FREE LICENSE: Your games you make with Leadwerks are yours. Yours to play, yours to sell, yours to give away, or do whatever you want with. There's no royalties to pay, ever.

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0 comments by JoshKlint on Jun 12th, 2015

Leadwerks Game Engine 3.5 has been released with support for CSG operations in the map editor, and beta support for free self-publishing of games to Steam Workshop.

CSG operations are a mapping tool that let you carve shapes out of solid objects. This is a convenient way to create doorways and windows in your map.

Free self-publishing of games is supported with Leadwerks Game Launcher (now in beta). Leadwerks Game Launcher is a standalone application that plays Lua-based Leadwerks games with a sandboxed virtual machine. This allows safe distribution of games on Steam Workshop.

The Leadwerks Summer Games Tournament has been announced, with prizes including stickers and T-shirts. The tournament will run from June 15th to July 19th, and is designed as a "co-opetition" rather than a competition, meaning that everyone who participates gets a prize.

Finally, a new showreel showcasing various user-made games with Leadwerks Game Engine has been published. The showreel demonstrates a wide variety of game styles from different authors of different skill levels, from experienced developers to complete beginners.

Leadwerks Game Engine is on sale during the 2015 Steam Summer Sale.

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JoshKlint Dec 18 2014, 3:55pm replied:

When you export a Lua game it includes the Linux executable, so that will work automatically. If you are using C++ you need to compile your game on Linux to get the executable.

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demen2010 Aug 22 2014, 10:31am says:

hello can i juste know id it easy to learn or hard ?

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JoshKlint Aug 24 2014, 1:08am replied:

We're going for easy. Try the demo on Steam and let me know what you think.

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Point. Jun 1 2014, 5:27pm says:

The thing is catch me, map editor similar to hammer!
Great job, and oh yes, real-time shadows in viewport!

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JoshKlint Jun 9 2014, 6:14pm replied:

It now exports to VMF format, too. I've only tried it with the Left 4 Dead SDK but the texture mapping planes are perfectly retained in Hammer. Also added texture lock mode.

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Crypt Jun 9 2014, 5:43am replied:

It looks similar but it functions far worse. But the WYSIWYG viewport is quite nice!

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Filizitas May 20 2014, 12:48pm says:

Its not crysis. But its good aswell :3 really cool

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Crypt May 20 2014, 1:24pm replied:

Have you spent any time with this engine at all? The graphics aren't the only thing to look at in an engine, and this one is just not fun and awkward to use, I sincerely wish there was a demo before I bought it.

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JoshKlint May 20 2014, 1:46pm replied:

Specifically what are you having trouble with? We've worked very hard to make the development experience smooth and enjoyable. Was there any problems you ran into?

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Crypt May 20 2014, 2:59pm replied:

The review I've submitted covers some of the larger points in a bit more detail, but to summarize, everything from navigation, to menus is finicky, hard to work with and slow.

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JoshKlint Jun 9 2014, 6:12pm replied:

Thanks for the feedback. I've been able to address a number of these issues recently. I didn't notice the viewport speed issue until you pointed it out, but once I did it was obvious. I fixed the bug and also added some mouse smoothing to make the navigation more fluid.

A new section for tutorials has also been created on the site here:

And of course there are over 200 pages of documentation here:

You might not be used to the constructive solid geometry approach to level design, but most people find it a lot simpler than trying to scale models precisely or build maps out of raw polygons.

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